Perimeter Trail

Bowie Nature Park, Tennessee

Distance4.4mi
Elevation Gain1,238ft
Trailhead Elevation848ft
Top901ft
Elevation Min/Max712/901ft
Elevation Start/End848/848ft

Perimeter Trail

Perimeter Trail is a hiking trail in Fairview, Tennessee. It is within Bowie Nature Park. It is 4.4 miles long and begins at 848 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,238 feet. The Bowie Park Pick-nick Tables picnic site is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms and parkings. This trail connects with the following: White Pine Trail, Redbud Trail, Dome Loop and Sycamore Springs Trail.

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Nashville - 4th Edition (Menasha Ridge Press)
Johnny Molloy
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"Operated by the town of Fairview, Bowie Nature Park traverses mildly rolling Middle Tennessee forestland not usually slated for preservation. The Bowie Sisters, longtime Fairview residents, rehabilitated this cut-over, burned-over, and eroded land, then deeded it to the town of Fairview. What remains today is an attractive forest with trees of differing ages, cut by clear creeks forming small valleys. The distance is the most challenging aspect of the hike." Read more

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3/6/2018
I liked this hike. This time of year you will be able to see deep into the woods as you hike along. It was for the most part daily level hiking with some grades up and down. It went in a loop so you do not have to worry about ending at a different location then your car. There is a small lake with some Canadian geese and mallard ducks.
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7/21/2009
Pretty average hike up to okay view. Enjoyed canoe trip around the Narrows more.
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7/20/2009
Great weather, interesting history lesson, fantastic overlook!
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6/11/2008
Great trail for families with small children. I'm a fairly small lady and carried a 20lb baby and stuff on my back with a 7 yr old walking behind. We all enjoyed the walk. A litte warm, 92 degrees, but very shaded.
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10/1/2007
In my opinion, this is one of the most rewarding hikes in the immediate Nashville area. Only a short drive west of downtown to Exit 188, it makes for a great half-day hike. We began on the trail around 4:00, went first to the Tunnel to play in the water, then completed the hike by climbing the relatively steep path up the bluff. The late afternoon sun was perfect for pictures of the farms to the south and north. All along the ridge are clear spots for gazing at the landscape. Just near the end of the trail is a rock bluff that is devoid of trees and allows unhindered views of the river and hills miles away. The hike would be perfect for catching a sunrise, while sunsets are more difficult to see through trees. Curiosity may compel you to hike past the "Private Property - Go Back Now" sign, but I found from personal experience that the best of the hike is behind you. The trail empties into a road leading back to the Narrows Tunnel that is used for canoe rentals.
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7/15/2006
A brother and I floated the Harpeth to fish. We caught crappie, blue-gill gar and largemouth bass. I understand that smallmouth are quite prevalent as well.
We hiked the trail that morning. We were the first on the trail as evidenced by the plethera of spider webs. We came upon a juvenile water snake making its way across the trail. The hike has a well-beaten path and gently rolling terrain traverseable by most until you reach the steep gradient toward the cliff summit overlooking the Narrows of the Harpeth. The bluff is several hundred feet above the river below, has beautiful vistas and is a wonderful half-day hike for a summit-top lunch.
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1/1/1970
I grew up not far from here. At that time it was a very little known place, and it would be rare to run into anyone on most afternoons. It is truly a beautiful and unique place to explore. I am glad that it is still being preserved and appreciated.
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Trail Information

Bowie Nature Park
Nearby City
Bowie Nature Park
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
615-799-5544, ext. 1; bowiepark.org
Local Contacts
USGS Craigfield; at bowiepark.org
Local Maps

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Dec 2018